Encounter a soldier settler from Norfolk Island in the next Port Arthur Talk

April 7, 2009

Former Governor of Tasmania, The Honourable William Cox, AC, RFD, ED, will discuss his ancestor Private John Cox, a soldier settler from Norfolk Island, in April’s Port Arthur Talk.

Private John Cox came to Australia in 1792 (NSW Corps). Posted to Norfolk Island in 1800 with his wife and three children, five more were born on the island.

He was discharged from the Army in 1810 and granted 9 acres. In 1813 he was resettled in Norfolk Plains (now Longford), arriving in Van Diemen’s Land per the Lady Nelson. Granted further land he built a viable farm at Longford.

William Cox will speak about the life of his ancestor, John Cox, as well as other Norfolk Island families including the Lucases, Murrays and Risbys.

A sixth generation Tasmanian and born in Hobart, William Cox was educated at the University of Tasmania in 1960, went into private practice as a solicitor from 1960-76 and was a magistrate 1976-77.

Subsequently Crown Advocate, Judge of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor, he is well known to all Tasmanians as the 26th Governor of Tasmania from 2004 to 2008.

In retirement he is on the Board of the Female Factory and in 2008 published A miscellany of Tasmaniana: selected vice-regal speeches.


Wednesday 22 April, 2009 5.30pm

Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information please call 6251 2324.